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Indonesia's Equestrian Champions League Success In Applying COVID Protocol In Its Tournament

Being one of the first of its kind, the Equestrian Equestrian League (ECL) in Indonesia, proved to be a success despite part of the competition being held during the coronavirus pandemic. After the two series that were held last year just before the coronavirus pandemic, the rest of the series has to be carried out by implementing strict health protocols.

The third series was held at the Adria Pratama Mulya (APM) Equestrian Center, Tigaraksa, Tangerang, and the fourth series at the Jakarta International Equestrian Park Pulomas (JIEPP), Jakarta.

ECL's Co-Founder, Nadia Marciano, explained that the standard protocols applied were following a set of guidelines from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Central Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI), Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), Asian Equestrian Federation (AEF) and the local government.

The competition that is being held applied several adjustments to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. For example, avoiding crowds and the schedule that normally lasts for two days is now held for four days, reducing the number of participants each day.

"The restrictions on people around the match location are strictly enforced. At the location there are only horses, athletes/riders, grooms, coaches, officials, and committees," added Sports Information Manager & Equestrian Champions League (ECL) Coordinator, Audrey Jesslyn.

Then later on, when the coronavirus pandemic conditions got worse, another necessary step was to be taken. In supporting the government's recommendation regarding crowd restrictions, ECL decided to hold the competitions without spectators. However, horse-riding enthusiasts can still see equestrian competitions in the two series held in July 2020 virtually. It was for the first time, such equestrian events were broadcasted live on KONI TV. The broadcast channel can be accessed through Aldo Maru TV (AMTV), either through a browser or application.

Deputy IV Chairperson of the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI), Chris John, praised that with the implementation of strict Covid protocols the matches could continue. "The health protocol is the most important. This sporting activity must continue because our athletes need to be able to keep training their abilities, while also maintaining good health during this pandemic," said Chris John.

This is a lesson for all competitors to learn and adapt to. We hope we will continue to provide the best competitive league in Indonesia’s Equestrian Sports.